ADV-BRD-NEG: ADV before v, ADV with cl/group
If something rarely happens, it does not happen very often.

They battled against other Indian tribes, but rarely fought with the whites...

I very rarely wear a raincoat because I spend most of my time in a car...

Money was plentiful, and rarely did anyone seem very bothered about levels of expenditure...

They were rarely seen together and certainly did not travel together...

Adolescent suicide is rarely an impulsive reaction to immediate distress...

Rarely does a grand jury publicly disagree with a prosecutor.


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  • rarely — rarely, seldom It is acceptable to say rarely if ever or seldom if ever but not (except informally) rarely ever or seldom ever: We rarely if ever go out / ☒ We rarely ever go out. In the second example, hardly ever or scarcely ever could be… …   Modern English usage

  • Rarely — Rare ly (r[^a]r l[y^]), adv. 1. In a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often; as, things rarely seen. [1913 Webster] 2. Finely; excellently; with rare skill. See 3d {Rare}, 2. [1913 Webster] The person who played so rarely on the flageolet. Sir… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rarely — from RARE (Cf. rare) (adj.1) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rarely — [adv] not often; exceptionally almost never, barely, extra, extraordinarily, extremely, finely, hardly, hardly ever, infrequently, little, notably, now and then, once in a while, once in blue moon*, on rare occasions, remarkably, scarcely ever,… …   New thesaurus

  • rarely — ► ADVERB ▪ not often; seldom …   English terms dictionary

  • rarely — [rer′lē] adv. 1. infrequently; seldom 2. beautifully, skillfully, excellently, etc. 3. uncommonly; exceptionally …   English World dictionary

  • rarely — rare|ly W2 [ˈreəli US ˈrerli] adv not often ≠ ↑frequently ▪ She very rarely complains. ▪ This method is rarely used in modern laboratories. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ WORD CHOICE: rarely, seldom, hardly, scarcely Rarely and seldom both mean not often . Seldom is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rarely — adv. Rarely is used with these adjectives: ↑fatal, ↑used Rarely is used with these verbs: ↑appear, ↑cry, ↑encounter, ↑exceed, ↑feature, ↑grant, ↑impinge, ↑last, ↑match, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • rarely — rare|ly [ rerli ] adverb *** not often: a performance using rarely heard instruments from around the world My mother very rarely wears jewelry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rarely — adverb not often: She very rarely complains. | This method is rarely used in modern laboratories. see rare …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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